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Arsenal to bid for Fernando Llorente 0

Posted on July 27, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Telegraph and Tuttosport, Arsenal are set to launch a bid of around £8.5million for Juventus and Spain forward Fernando Llorente.

The Spanish international moved to the Bianconeri in 2013 after impressing for La Liga side Athletic Bilbao. However, the 30-year-old has struggled to find his best form in Turin and scored just seven goals in 31 Serie A appearances.

Llorente was competing with Argentinian Carlos Tevez and compatriot Alvaro Morata last season for a place in the team. The Italian champions have strengthened their attack with the signing of Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic, after losing Tevez to Boca Juniors earlier in the summer.

Will Hector Bellerin get enough game time for Arsenal next season? 1

Posted on July 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Gunners, benefiting from an injury to debutant Mathieu Debuchy. However, with the French international back to full fitness, coupled with competition from Calum Chambers, will Bellerin be afforded enough game time by manager Arsene Wenger next season?

Signing a long-term deal with the Londoners this summer, Bellerin’s future is at the Emirates Stadium, but his immediate destination is somewhat in the air. Teammate Carl Jenkinson was loaned back out to West Ham ahead of the new season as a result of the competition for places, and Bellerin may have the same problem.

Wenger right to keep his cards close to his chest 0

Posted on July 25, 2015 by David Nugent

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has decided to clear up Lord Harris’ recent comments in the Daily Mail that the Gunners could spend £200million by claiming the club director went overboard with what he told the tabloid.

Asked if Harris’ comments were helpful Wenger told Sky Sports: “Helpful or not, it doesn’t matter. He has gone a bit overboard because that’s not true.

“We are in a situation – I explained many times – where we are working hard if an opportunity comes up to do something, but we are not in the need.

Arsenal once again linked with Marco Reus 0

Posted on July 25, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are set to rival Liverpool for the signing of Dortmund’s highly-rated attacking midfielder Marco Reus.

The Gunners have previously been linked with a move for Reus. In fact he seems to be linked with Arsenal every transfer window. He is no doubt a talented player, but his last few seasons have been interrupted by injuries and last season ankle trouble restricted his appearances.

The 26-year-old made 20 Bundesliga appearances for the German giants, scoring seven goals and producing five assists as Jurgen Klopp’s side struggled for the majority of the campaign. It was not his best campaign of his career, but he is still regarded as one of the best players in the German top-flight.

Szczesny’s season-long loan move to AS Roma “pretty much done” 0

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is close to completing a deal to sign for Italian Serie A side AS Roma this summer on a season-long loan. The Polish international lost his place between the sticks to new-boy David Ospina last season, and has fallen further down the pecking order following the arrival of Petr Cech.

“He could go on loan to Roma. We are pretty much done, it’s down to paperwork. As long as that’s not over the line, anything can happen. I believe Roma is a big club and they play in the Champions League, play in a very different championship as well and that is a big experience for him at 25 years of age,” said the Gunners boss.

Can Olivier Giroud prove his class in the new season? 0

Posted on July 24, 2015 by David Nugent

Once again Arsenal are being linked with a big money move for a striker after Gunners director Lord Harris admitted that a striker is on Arsene Wenger’s transfer wishlist and that the player in question is keen to make the move to north London. However it appears the players club are reluctant to sell him.

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It has now become commonplace for Arsenal to be linked with signing a world-class striker every transfer window. The usual names are rolled out in the shape of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain.

Arsenal chief hints at ‘superstar’ centre forward signing 0

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

While Arsene Wenger is refused to be drawn into the speculation regarding a world-class centre forward signing, one of Arsenal’s directors has claimed that the Professor is in the market for top-notch striker.

The Gunners director Lord Harris of Peckham claims that the manager is ready to recruit a high-profile striker is one becomes available during the summer transfer window.

”On the list is a centre forward,” he said, “but I’m not going to tell you who he is. You’ve got to get the other team to want to sell him, but I think he wants to come. It basically comes down to whether the other team can find a superstar to replace him, because they don’t have to sell.

Arsene Wenger panics about retirement 0

Posted on July 23, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he panics a bit about the day he retires from management. The veteran Frenchman is still going strong at the age of 65 and will be looking forward to the new season.

He told Sky Sports: “Retirement? Yes, it crosses my mind sometimes but for no longer than five seconds because I panic a little bit,”

“When we played at Man United, he (Alex Ferguson) came to meet me after the game. I said: ‘Come on, you don’t miss it?’ He says: ‘No.’ He had enough. He goes to every game. But he has (race) horses. I have no horses”.

Wenger: “I believe we are ready to go further” 0

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he feels this season more than ones in the past represent a major opportunity for his side in the race for the Premier League title. The long-serving coach believes the Londoners’ record in 2015 should hold them in good stead to finally force their way to the summit.

“The challenge is always to get the best out of your team. I know where my team can be and whether I’ve got the maximum out of them at the end of the season. That’s where experience helps. We have reduced the gap and I believe we are ready to go further,” he said.

Mesut Ozil ready to prove himself to Arsenal next season 1

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil says he’s ready to once again prove his worth to the side next season, and isn’t resting on his laurels following a strong end to the last campaign. The German international, 26, finished the 2014/15 season on a real high note following an upturn in form, but he knows past accomplishments stand for nothing in the coming campaign.

The former Real Madrid midfielder wants to show exactly why Arsenal paid £42.5M for his services back in 2013, and thinks completing a full pre-season with the Gunners will see him pick up where he left off last time round. Injuries and an extended holiday leave have seen him playing catch-up to the rest of his teammates fitness-wise, but Ozil believes he can shine even brighter now he’s back to full fitness.



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